Judge: Professor A S Milton (Baillieswells)
The first sentence of the Standard reads, General Appearance: Essentially a working terrier. Bearing this in mind, I was most impressed with the quality of the coats. The great majority had really tough outer coats, and nice loose pelts. Though some of the blue & tans were showing white hairs (ticking), which is the hallmark of the blue & tan, there were some black all over which is incorrect. Pads were on the whole good with well shaped feet. Ears should be neither too thin nor too thick, and should hang correctly. Not always the case today. There were several atypical heads, with a few over long noses, and several being overlarge. Only one suspect mouth. Some with narrow muzzles had rather crowded incisors. In the past I have been very critical of movement, for if a Border cannot move properly it is not put together properly. Today there was both good and bad movement. There were problems with front movement, where many exhibits were moving too close. Strange to say there were very few wide in the front. Previously, from the ringside, I had thought there were too many Borders with overlong tails. There were some today, but a lot of this was due to the tail not being groomed properly. Tails should not be scissored, but over long hairs at the end should be judiciously removed. In every class there were always two and generally three exhibits which shone out. In some case it was difficult to pick out the remaining places. ( I was slightly perturbed when picking up my documents from the secretary’s office, that though I had a “Judging Book”, I was not in fact a judge but an “Adjudicator”, or so my badge said. Have we taken leave of our senses?
Best Of Breed: CH Tythrop Tapas
DCC: CH Tythrop Tapas
RDCC: Dandyhow Beeline
Best Puppy: Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway
Entries: 7 Absentees: 1
1st - Brumborder River Explorer At Cynetkoy (Mr S D Watson & Mrs A S Kenna)
Well proportioned young puppy with appealing head. Excellent coat, good length of back and proper tail set. Good angulation of hind legs. Happy on the move.
2nd - Comberdown Jailbreak To Vandamere (Mr I & Mrs A Higham)
Another attractive puppy with good movement.
3rd - Onthill Fernando (Mr R & Mrs A M Ramus)
Res - Hobholt Han Solo
VHC - Brumborder River Pirate (Dr M A Mccall & Ms L Britton)
Entries: 10 Absentees: 3
1st - Orangebox Firecracker (Mr M & Mrs T Anscombe)
BP. A real cracker of a Border Terrier with lots of potential. Excellent mover. Coat in tip top condition, though could be tidied to advantage Ears set close to cheeks, as they should be. Neat front feet with hard pads.
2nd - Xapex Santiago At Otterwood (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
Beginning to get the correct ticking for a blue and tan. Slightly heavier build than 1, otherwise a good all round puppy. Needs to improve his discipline when on the move.
3rd - Iacheslei Cantus (Miss A Harrison)
Res - Kighill True Blue (Mrs V A Downes)
VHC - Onthill Super Trooper (Mr R & Mrs A M Ramus)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 1
1st - Dandyhow Beeline (Irving, K.M.)
RDCC. Greatly resembles his grandsire (Ch Tythrop Tapas) at this age. In my opinion they made a perfect pair when walking round the ring together. Excellent head, and a very keen expression. Nice round eyes. Good tough double coat. Correctly angulated hindquarters and good straight front. Moved round the ring well.
2nd - Glebeheath Stan the Man (Mrs J Guvercin)
Another excellent dog, very racy. Good angulation and straight front. Different shape to 1, with longer back and longer neck. Good on the move.
3rd - Porters Pride (Miss J Hingley)
Res - Smartstone Governor (Mrs J P & Mr D A Giles & Birtles)
VHC - Hawcoat Blue Bertie (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)
Entries: 14 Absentees: 3
1st - Earthwise Wolfbane JW (Mr E J Houston)
Ideal sized Border Terrier, with a rugged look about him. Plenty of drive on the move, with good front and rear quarters. Harsh coat.
2nd - Barterhound Twister JW (Mrs B B Roderick)
Another good strong dog, with good movement. Excellent topline and good tail set. I liked his head.
3rd - Thorneyburn No Nonsense (Mrs M J Wanless)
Res - Halcus Annatto (Mr J F & Mrs I H Nicolls)
VHC - Tufterslodge Walnut At Orangebox (Mr M & Mrs T Anscombe)
Entries: 16 Absentees: 1
1st - Irton Up Helly Aa (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)
A rugged individual, one can imagine him spending a day on the fells. A coat to withstand all weathers. Strode out well.
2nd - Quarryway Dill (Mrs B Williams & Mr K E Johnson)
Light coloured dog, with not such a good coat as 1, well constructed and moved well, he deserved his place in a strong class.
3rd - Iacheslei Torus JW (Miss A Harrison)
Res - Fehmarn Reap the Harvest (Mrs J Morton Shaw)
VHC - Earthwise Follow Me (Mr E J Houston)
Entries: 18 Absentees: 6
1st - CH Tythrop Tapas (Mrs J Lee)
DCC & BOB. I have always thought a lot of this dog, having watched him mature from a youngster. Today was the first occasion that I have judged him in the ring, and I was not disappointed. He looked even better than before. He is now four and a half years old, but he still seems to be maturing and improving. Watching him go round the ring was a sheer joy.
2nd - Hobholt Harrier JW (Mr C K & Mrs M A Wallace)
Though nearly four, held himself well in this class against good opposition. Harsh coat, good topline and tail set. Proper front and rear. Good on the move.
3rd - Kersfell Comet JW (Sneddon, Margaret)
Res - CH Otterwood Amex JW ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
VHC - Dugaden Tusker ShCM (Martin, Joyce)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 0
1st - Sweet Dreams Beauty of Rhozzum (Mrs M Sharp)
A racy looking seven month old puppy with a harsh coat. Good front and rear. Fulfilled the idea of essentially a working terrier.
2nd - Tufterslodge Meadow Mouse (Mrs J M Woollacott)
Another good looking puppy. (1 and 2 could easily change places). Attractive feminine head, with good reach of neck. Good topline. Steady on the move.
3rd - Achnagairn Code Name Glebeheath (Mrs J Guvercin)
Res - Breckgreen Ruby (Mrs J Green)
VHC - Ravenside Rockfel (Mr A & Mrs H A Fletcher)
Entries: 11 Absentees: 1
1st - Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway (Mrs P Clark)
A blue and tan with the true type of coat. Unusual for one so young. Also extremely harsh. Well constructed and steady on the move.
2nd - Iacheslei Cantilena (Miss A Harrison)
Another good puppy. Racy looking with good reach of neck, leading into good topline. Well angulated hindquarters and straight front. Tough coat. Moved well round the ring.
3rd - Hartswelin Tip Top (Ms L J Godefroid)
Res - Ravenside Rockfel At Wadesleia (Mr A & Mrs H A Fletcher)
VHC - Mascani Daisy At Cynetkoy (Mr S D Watson & Mrs A S Kenna)
Entries: 22 Absentees: 4
1st - Mansergh Speckles (Miss A Roslin-williams)
This is a bitch one really has to go over to realize how good she is. Well constructed with a super harsh coat. Just the right amount of bone. Feminine head. Took off like a steam engine without any brakes, but when her handler slowed her down she really showed good movement.
2nd - Benattivo Gemstone For Daluce (Mr J & Mrs H M Thomas)
This is a nice young bitch with a lot going for her. Good reach of neck, long flexible back. Harsh coat. Very feminine looking. Excellent mover.
3rd - Worker's Playtime (Miss S Waller)
Res - Didillybods Forest Hope (Mrs Anderson)
VHC - Head Over Heals At Westpoint (Mrs C Parr)
Entries: 27 Absentees: 4
1st - Rexlands Storm Petrel (Mrs D Pearson)
This was the largest class of the day, and it was a pity I could not place more than five. This bitch is a real beauty. Lovely feminine head, with good ear placement. Level topline merging into good tail set. Well constructed front and rear. Moved well.
2nd - Tythrop T'antivy (Mrs J Lee)
Another feminine looking bitch with a harsh coat. Excellent on the move. Correctly proportioned skull. Good straight back, straight front, with neat paws and tough pads, well angulated hind quarters.
3rd - Badgerbeck Tree Pipit At Tilmoray JW (Mrs M Small)
Res - Irton Polka (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)
VHC - Hanway Livin On A Prayer (Mrs J Willetts)
Entries: 15 Absentees: 5
1st - Thorneyburn Minnie the Minx (Mrs M J Wanless)
If ever a bitch looked the part as a working terrier this one did. Moved round the ring with ease of movement. Good front and rear. Good reach of neck and excellent top line. Harsh blue and tan topcoat of the correct colour with soft under coat. Excellent mouth.
2nd - Fehmarn Free Ranger (Mrs J Morton Shaw)
An excellent bitch, well presented. Proper otter head, with well set ears. Good coat. Moved well.
3rd - Alcumlow Starry Night (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber)
Res - Alcumlow Spanish Steps
VHC - Baker's Delicious (Miss S Waller)
Entries: 18 Absentees: 7
1st - CH Picer Bright Idea JW (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
BCC. It was a joy to watch this bitch move around the ring. Everything about this bitch shouted champion. Real otter head, well set ears, good front and rear, good topline and tailset. Harsh coat.
2nd - CH Remony Barley Twist JW (Mrs A E Gregory)
RBCC. This bitch has just obtained her crown, and I can see why. Lovely Border head, good reach of neck, excellent topline and tail. Correct front and rear. Harsh coat. Covered the ground when on the move.
3rd - Tythrop Traviata (Mrs J Lee)
Res - Brockfox Beretta (Barnett, Miss M.E.)
VHC - Stoneygin Ripon Ruby At Badgerholme JW ShCM (Dickinson & James)